Winter RVing Tips

Winter RVing

RVing can be fun at any time of the year, including in the winter. However, when winter RVing, there are some extra precautions to take and common mistakes to avoid so that you can have the best trip possible.

Don’t neglect your water lines

Even with your RV heated, your water lines can still freeze. Play it safe by installing a heat lamp in the water compartment and then turning it on during cold winter nights.

Don’t forget to disconnect your freshwater hose

Keeping your freshwater hose connected can cause it to freeze. As such, you should either invest in a heated hose or only use your freshwater tank during the course of your stay.

Don’t forget to pack for emergencies

While it’s important to have food, blankets, coats and gloves, you should make sure you bring a heat gun to unthaw anything frozen. If you don’t have a heat gun, you can use a hairdryer or an outdoor propane heater instead.

Don’t ignore the waste tank

No one wants to think about the waste tank when they go RVing, but the pipes and valves of the waste tank can freeze as well. Be sure to insulate the tank to prevent freezing.

 

We at Hanner RV hope you have an amazing experience RVing this winter. Visit our dealership to learn more about which features can help you on your journey.

How to Transform Your RV into a Haunted House

Transform Your RV Into A Haunted House

Halloween is just around the corner, which means it’s a great time to start decorating. If you’re planning on traveling in your RV this holiday, consider decorating your RV. Here are some tips on how to transform your RV into a haunted house and make your October trip extra special.

Think simple.

Shops throughout town are filled to the brim with Halloween decorations, so you can conveniently buy some pre-made items. Popular options are faux spider webs, hanging skeletons and removable window decals that add a spooky touch to your RV.

Create your own.

If you want to save money on Halloween decorations, then make some of your own décor. You can create skeletons out of bleach canisters and PVC pipes, make bats out of paper or hang up a white sheet to display a simple ghost.

Carve a pumpkin.

A Jack-o’-lantern is a staple of Halloween. For a decoration that not only looks festive but also is a great way to get the kids involved, carve up a pumpkin. You can also remove the pumpkin seeds and roast them for a delicious snack.

 

We at Hanner RV Supercenter hope you and your family have a fun Halloween this year. Before hitting the road on Halloween, stop by our service department for any necessary maintenance.

Tips for De-Winterizing Your RV

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Cold weather can take a toll on your RV. Before taking a road trip in the heat, follow these tips for de-winterizing your RV.

Charge the battery

While the battery charger is in the “off” position, connect it to the RV. Attach the black cable to the black terminal and the red cable to the red terminal. Charging can take a few hours or a few days, depending on the battery size.

Flush the water lines

Attach a garden hose to the water hookup of the RV. Open up all the faucets, and then turn on the hose.  The water will flush out antifreeze and any impurities. After roughly 10 minutes, the water should run clear. At this point, turn off the hose and close the faucets. Dump the water tanks at a designated dump station, and refill the tank with fresh potable water.

Load the propane tanks

Locate the propane tanks you’ve been storing and mount them back onto their respective places in the RV. Then, connect the propane hoses to the RV.

Tighten connections

Inspect the hose line fittings to make sure they are tightly fastened to prevent leaks. You should also open the line and place a soapy and damp sponge at the connectors. If air bubbles form, you likely have a leak and should have your connections replaced.

 

We at Hanner RV wish you and your family a safe trip in your RV. If you have any questions about de-winterizing your trailer or need replacements, be sure to stop by our service department.

Road Trip Games to Play in the RV

RVs are great for exploring new destinations and taking in sites you’ve never seen before, but the drive between destinations can sometimes be a drag. Help the time go by faster by playing these road trip games with the family.

 

Alphabet game

Players of this game must search the roads for words that start with the letters of the alphabet. Beginning with the letter “A,” whoever spots a word starting with “A” can move on to the letter “B,” while the other players stay focused on “A.” Players continue down the alphabet, until someone finds a “Z” word and subsequently wins the game

 

Cow in the cemetery game 

Divide the RV into two teams and assign each the left or right windows. Each team must count as many cows as they can with the goal being to count more cows than the other team. If you pass a cemetery on your side, all previously counted cows no longer count, and you must start from zero. This game can be played in areas without cows by counting a different animal or object.

 

One-word stories

Challenge your family to tell a story. The catch is that this story can only be told one word at a time. Each player says one word, building upon each other’s words to create sentences. This usually leads to lots of silly stories and laughs all around.

 

We at Hanner RV wish your family a safe and entertaining road trip in your RV. Before heading out on the road, stop by our service department for maintenance.

Millennials Love RVs—and Here’s Why

About a decade ago, the RV industry was in trouble. The recession was in full swing and gas prices were exploding, making it not a good time for many Americans to make a significant purchase like a recreational vehicle. But today, RV sales are skyrocketing, and you may just be surprised when you hear which generation is responsible for this dramatic upswing.

Coast to coast, Millennials love RVs. They’re buying them in record numbers, boosting RV year-over-year sales revenue into the double-digits. Younger buyers, or those under the age of 34, are not opting for massive, Class-A, higher-end motorhomes, but for smaller, more compact, Class-C models. The sales of “towables,” rather than the classic “driveables,” account for a significant portion of sales over the past three years. There’s a reason for this; smaller RVs not only cost less up-front and require less fuel, but they’re easier to maneuver and park at campgrounds, and often don’t require a special permit.

The fact that Millennials love RVs has done more than just revitalize the RV industry. Over the past three years, America’s National Parks have seen record-breaking numbers of visitors and campers, many of whom arriving and camping in an RV.

RVs help people to experience the wonders of the natural world, bond with their friends and family, and create lifelong memories — which is why we love to sell them here at Hanner RV Supercenter. Visit us today to find your new home-away-from-home.

Best Winter Camping Sites in Texas

Finding the right camping site to take your Wildwood Travel Trailer isn’t easy when Texas has so many great choices. From the sandy shores to national parks, travelers have quite the decision to make. Here are some of the best winter camping sites in Texas recommended by us at Hanner RV Supercenter to make selecting your destination a little easier.

  • Colorado Bend State Park

Located 90 minutes from Austin, Texas, Colorado Bend State Park is home to some of the area’s most scenic rock formations and fun-filled biking trails. A 65-foot waterfall flows all year round.

  • Big Bend National Park

There are numerous reasons that Big Bend National Park is one of the most visited parks in the country. For starters, it runs along the Rio Grande River, making it the perfect spot for kayaking and canoeing. There are even canyons and valleys to hike through.

  • Canyon Lake RV Park

Located on the shoreline upstream of the Guadalupe River, the Canyon Lake RV Resort provides quick access to several famous Texas attractions. Attend the Texas Butterfly Festival or stop by the Gladys Porter Zoo to make memories you won’t soon forget.

  • Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Travelers who want to spend time in the great outdoors need look no further than Palo Duro Canyon State Park. The park features horseback riding through canyons, exploring caves, and hiking and biking opportunities.

  • Padre Island National Seashore

Located on the Gulf Coast, Padre National Sea Shore offers plenty of opportunities for water sports. The water is warm year-round, so don’t be afraid to jump in!

For more recommendations for your next vacation destination, contact us at Hanner RV Supercenter.

Must-Have RV Accessories You Should Check Out

Traveling in an RV is fun, but sometimes you need to spruce up your ride with some must-have RV accessories to give your time on the road a little extra boost of fun, comfort, and convenience.

 

  • RV GPS

Let go of those bulky maps that just get in the way of everything. Instead, invest in a GPS that can guide you along the best route.

  • Solar-Powered Device Charger

As long as the Sun is out, you have plenty of electricity with a solar-powered device charger that lets you charge your phone anywhere.

  • Cast Iron Cookware

When you’re traveling, cast iron cookware has limitless potential. You can use it on the stove, in the oven, and over a campfire with no damage.

  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System

This one may be a little more expensive than other entries on the list, but investing in a tire pressure monitoring system is worth it to avoid potential blowouts on the highway.

  • Wi-Fi Hotspot

Stay connected on the go without draining your data.

  • Aero Press Coffee Maker

Simple, compact, affordable, and capable of making one to four cups of coffee in as little as one minute; what’s not to love?

 

Need an RV to go with all the cool accessories you’re eyeballing? We at Hanner RV Supercenter can get you started on a lifetime of RV ownership today.